Three Dogs 2012 Silly Holiday Photo Contest Winners!

It’s almost Christmas, so that means it’s time to announce the winners of our 2012 Silly Holiday Photo Contest!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is now upon us!

Lawrence has been diligently collecting all the silly Holiday photo contest entries (and there were even more this year than last!), sat me down to go through them all, and then told me who the winners were.

So, without further ado…

Our three winners are, in no particular order:

In the next couple of days, Lisa will be reaching out to you about your prizes.

There are two honorable mentions in being Very Patient Dogs that were too good not to highlight:

Congratulations to our three winners – and thanks to everyone who entered!

 

Our second annual Three Dogs Silly Holiday Photo Contest!

The holiday season means our annual Silly Holiday Photo Contest – and this year’s winners will get autographed copies of A Dog Named Boo!

[box type=”alert” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Update:  Our Silly Holiday Photo Contest is now closed. See you next year![/box]

Maggie-Silly-Contest-BannerThe air is crisp, it’s getting dark just after lunchtime, and the holidays are upon us – so it’s time for our second annual silly holiday photo contest!

The rules are simple:

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  1. Fill out the form below with your name, email, and phone number and attach your silliest holiday dog photo.
  2. Only one photo per family, so make it your best!
  3. No repeat photos from the last contest – let’s keep those skills sharp![/ordered_list]

We’ll collect them and Lawrence will judge the top three silliest entries. (Why Lawrence? To avoid favoritism since I know so many of you and your dogs personally.)

What do the winners get beside the knowledge that they’ve got the silliest dog in the Hudson Valley?

We’re offering the top three winners autographed copies of A Dog Named Boo!

If you’ve already purchased A Dog Named Boo, Lisa will be more than happy to sign your copy – or send you a brand new one if you’d prefer.

The contest begins immediately and will run until noon on December 23rd. Once the winners are picked, we’ll post the results on the blog as well as get in touch with everyone to let them know they’ve won.

Good luck and happy holidays to everyone!

 

Three Dogs Silly Holiday Photo Contest Winners!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here! Without further ado, the winners of our first annual Three Dogs Silly Holiday Photo contest.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is now upon us!

Lawrence has been diligently collecting all the silly Holiday photo contest entries (and there were a lot!), sat me down to go through them all, and then told me who the winners were.

So, without further ado…

Our first Honorable Mention for Excellence in Being a Good Sport About It goes to Hunter:

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Regular readers our our blog will remember that we’ve written quite a bit about Hunter in the past (here and here) and are just thrilled to see him in such a great home!

Our second Honorable Mention for Excellence in Being a Good Sport About It (and being cute as a bug) goes to Kya:

Kya-elf-christmas-1024x820Now the three finalists!

Our third-place winner is the The Traveling Peebuddies Christmas Tour (AKA Leon, Edna June, and the late Sancho singing his heart out):

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Our second-place winner is Duke looking disturbingly happy with his Santa beard:

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Finally, our first-place winner is Maggie, who shows us all – dog and human – that too much nog is never a good thing:

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Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone who entered!

 

Our first annual Three Dogs Silly Holiday Photo Contest

Winter’s upon us and so’s the Three Dogs Training silly holiday photo contest, so join the fun and send in your silliest holiday dog photo!

[box type=”alert” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Update – our Silly Holiday Photo Contest is now closed.  See you next year![/box]
The air is crisp, it’s getting dark just after lunchtime, and the holidays are upon us so we thought we’d do something fun to make the start of Winter more fun:  our very first silly holiday photo contest!

The rules are simple:

1.) Fill out the form below with your name, email, phone, and attach your silliest holiday dog photo.

2.) We’ll collect them and Lawrence will judge the top three silliest entries.  Why Lawrence?  To avoid favoritism since I know so many of your dogs personally.

What do the winners get, beside the knowledge that they’ve got the silliest dog in the Hudson Valley?

The first place winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to the Three Dogs Training class of their choosing.

The second place winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Three Dogs Training class of their choosing.

The third place winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to the Three Dogs Training class of their choosing.

The contest begins immediately and will run until noon on December 23rd.  Once the winners are picked, we’ll post the results on the blog as well as get in touch with everyone to let them know they’ve won.

Good luck and happy holidays to everyone!

 

Everyone’s looking forward to Halloween, but what about your dog?

While Halloween is great fun for us, it is often very stressful for a lot of dogs. Here are some helpful tips and products.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  

It distills everything that a holiday should be – fun silly enjoyment with chocolate!  

Halloween also happens to be the day we adopted Boo, but that’s another story.

The air is crisp and kids are running around acting and dressed strangely.

There are knocks on your door constantly and there’s food being handed out from bowls that are probably at dog height.

Halloween activities are all great fun for us, but can you think of a combination of things that could put a dog more on-edge?  (Unless, of course, you added firecrackers into the mix?)

One of the reason we like holidays so much is that they are departure from the norm of everyday life.  We do different things. We adopt different schedules. In a word, things are different.  For a large number of dogs an unexpected change in routine is like fingernails on a blackboard and can set off a spiral of stress-related, unhealthy behaviors.

Where to put the Chocolate?

The bowl of mostly chocolate should be up and away from the dog. Your dog should not be able to reach it by jumping or putting his paws up, or knocking it over.

What about all the knocking strangers in weird costumes at the door?
I can’t see anything through this Peephole!

Your dog doesn’t need to be right by the door. Have your dog in another room as far from the door as possible. Give your dog a stuffed kong or other puzzle toy so he/she is happily occupied. A stuffed bone, or goat horn would be good too.

I have written a number of blog posts on anxiety aids and have a number of products that can help in the Boo-tique.

If none of the anxiety aids or toys helps reduce your dog’s stress, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe some anti-anxiety medication.

Then it will be time to call a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and/or a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant so that next year your dog can have a

Happy Halloween.